Walt Almond Hoffer, Walt Almond, Rockies discussed on WOR Programming
Immediately after the blast the humor on the entire situation. Suddenly gave way to a run for survival is huge chunks of whale blubber fell everywhere. Visas of meat past high over our heads, while others were falling at our feet. The dunes were rapidly evacuated and spectators escape both the falling debris in the overwhelming smell apart car over a quarter of a mile from the blast site was the target of one large chunk. The passenger compartment literally smash. Fortunately, no human was hit as badly as the car over everyone on the scene was covered with small particles of dead wail as for the success of the effort on the seagulls who were supposed to clean things up were nowhere in sight. Either scared away by the explosion or kept away by the smell. That didn't really matter. The remaining chunks were of such a size that no respectable Siegel would attempt to Pakelle anyway as darkness began to set in the highway crews, we're back on the beach burying the remains, including a large piece of the carcass, which never left the blast site. It might be concluded that should a whale ever wash your shore lane county, again, those in charge will not only remember what to do. They'll certainly remember what not to do. So. That was a report Walt. I just want to give them one more little plug here. And then it's back to you. Look this report has only at one other time in all its twenty five year history been released to anybody to run and that was to I think cagey. Oh, and San Francisco that did a piece on it. And so I feel very honored that KT you allowed us to run it. They're very nice people up there in Portland. And once again, you can see it for yourself the video that goes with the report if you're in Portland, it'll be Wednesday November I in their newscasts at five pm and six and six thirty and then eleven as well with the series airing Thursday and Friday, November second and third at five six thirty and eleven so don't miss it. And thanks to Doug Brazil, the news director and everybody else at K A to you. It was. A rare opportunity, and I'm glad we could provide it for you. Well, while there it was sound familiar. It's always puzzled me about this fact that if if you get under the. Underneath the bureaucrats and get them all upset about something. You usually get an IRS audit. I never could understand it. I was the only one who protested what this guy was doing. How the hell he ever directed that piece of whale to the top of my car. But he did it. Did you get audited? No, no. Did they promptly pay up? I mean, you hate me in two days in two days. I got I got check in two days. I think what they were really afraid of this thing really made the newspapers, and they wire service, and I had people from Germany, then me the newspapers relatives I have over there. And I think what this what they were afraid of. It's probably all these people could have sued them at least for new clothes. We got home. We had a rent a car to go home in. Yes. And we had and it was cold. We had to have the win on windows down all the way home. That's how bad it was. Now when you do not living anymore with a hell of a guy both funny because he went into the garage and his wife come out and she made him script make it in the garage. Now, you know, you're looking back. This is obvious. You can laugh but on the day that it actually happened did did people at that moment. The really see the humor in this. Or I'm talking about group that was actually there and had all this stuff on on. They probably weren't laughing wasn't funny at all. And it's absolutely amazing. That no one was seriously injured. I mean, that's what I tried to tell this guy when he will do on the port Commissioner Martin told me it was none of my guy gonna kill somebody. You know? And as luck has turned out to be a funny story. But thank God. Indeed won't I would like to submit just a few moments of questions from listeners. This is such a famous story that I thought I'd let you take a couple of calls willing to do that. Oh, I don't know what people would ask it's all pretty self explanatory. But we can find out east of the Rockies you're on the air with Walt on Hawford. Hello there. Hi. Where are you an Eugene, Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, all right? While you're on the air. Rien Houston, Texas argon, Ron Houston, Texas. Yeah. That's what I meant to ask where you work. Okay. Well, you're on the air with Walt okay hours. And you on no real story with art bell. Well, that's that's who you got. We're on the you're now, you're on the air with Walt okay? I. Then really impressed. Levity in interest in the very of projects that you bring forward just through the people. What you're saying is I've got a weird show, sir. Thank you. I put a damper on it that you've brought out over the last two weeks trying to get through to you. That wouldn't be the moment for it, sir. We've got questions here for Walton. Only a few more moments with them. West of the Rockies, you're on the air with Walt on Hoffer. Hi, art. Art. Was actually not calling any questions regarding the whale. I was trying to get a hold of us. I could ask you a couple of other things. Well, then you'll have to do that. After our guests are wildcard line two you're on the air with Walt almond Hoffer, high quick comment. I, you know, this the first time that this isn't the first time something like this has happened. I think I think it was done once before right northern California. When I was in college in one thousand nine hundred seventy eight my professor told us about in northern California where they tried to blow up kind of thing where they tried. It. Didn't it just kind of splattered? He said it wasn't quite as quite a big show is what happened up in Oregon just kind of splattered all over the place to the main character Bill has anybody. I'm curious anybody come up with an actual good way to dispose of a well, I saw at the end they sort of buried in the sand. I think that's what they did in this case too. It's just. You know, it's an impossible situation. Another words whales. Don't would you say that while that whales. Don't really well. I blew up part of it blew up. But there was so much of it left. I think better than half was still intact. Wales don't blow up easily. No. First time caller line, you're on the air with won't almond author. Hi, gentleman, Milwaukee. Yes. Turn turn turn turn your radio officer, turn your radio. Okay. Good. Was there anyone that yield? So probably would have been a good idea. Was was. Okay. Thanks was there. Any kind of countdown. The television supplied one walnut was very dramatic. But was there any kind of countdown? They did otherwise on the site. Remember them waving their hats at one all clear. How 'bout fire in the hole or something like that? Yell thompson. East of the Rockies, you're on the air with Walt Auburn Hoffer. Hi, how are you doing? Well. Okay. Good. Well, now, what about these environmental all these guys going crazy because someone blew up a whale would now believe me biologists and everybody and they weren't screaming. Holy. That was lacking the date back in the good old days. Look that way today they would probably scream bloody murder. There's no big protests when someone blew up away. Oh, no now now bear in mind. This whale had as Russia would say assumed room temperature to the point where it was hard to stay in the vicinity. So I guess that's your answer. Where are you, sir? Where we're in Houston tax Houston. All right. Yeah. And I'm wondering about your book. Well, it's on the way. Are you going to get that second edition? It's imprint now because I was wondering what's the big advantage to the first edition? Listen. I I don't want to go into the don't tell me to listen. No. Well, all right goodbye. I know who he is. He's a guy who calls meals every morning west of the Rockies, you're on the air with Walt on Hoffer. Hello. Hey, walk. Wild story there. I'm trying to picture myself being in that thing. Oh, this is Bill from Olympia. And I'm trying to imagine watching this. Well, the all this stuff coming down. And I'm trying to decide what do I run or do? I watched the fallen dodge the big ones. That's a good point. Another words running. You wouldn't see one coming at you. At least if you stood in one place and kind of dodged around a little bit. You'd have that's the point wall. Yeah. That's what I did. I stood there. In fact, by what the big teeth hit my car figuring. I don't know the person who ever dodge it or not have it really come moving pretty fast. That's what I'm trying to figure out. How? Dodger run, which one would work. You know, when you told it won't. Thank you caller. It kind of reminded me I like roadrunner cartoons. And and I used to watch cartoons where things would go up, and you kind of pictured it as going way up and then sort of stopping. And suspending that remote exactly what I did. As it reached its highest point. And then and then, of course, I suppose then slowly it would seem from the ground that it would begin falling back toward you that kind of deal. East of the Rockies, you're on the air with Walt on Hoffer. Hello. Yeah. What kind of car was that? Regency. What are all Bill? Regency. Regency. A brand new one too. Abreast brand new smelly region. Okay. Thank you. Where are you by the way, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma city? Alright. Yeah. Brand new one that must've been heartbreaking. I mean again. Yeah, we can laugh now. But I know how you feel when you have a brand new car. There's nothing like it. It must have been heartbreaking. Actually at the you know, it was pretty serious thing until after it was over then we all had live. But then it became funny with nobody was hurt. At the scene or later at home when you were laughing about it. When later at home. West of the Rockies, you're on the air with Walt hover aloe. Yeah. This is Ron from Palmdale. Ron. Yeah. This story kind of reminds me of when the old days when I shoot a fireworks show class, explosive and. Wiring a finale or. I'm trying to think of the plate doesn't matter wherever it was. You were doing a show. Yeah. And we were wiring a finale, and I was talking to this guy, all all explosives guy and. He told me about a story when they were somewhere in Europe blowing bridges up, and he said, you know, kid when you wanna blow something up at my teacher told me. You figure out how much dynamite you need. And you double it. And Guyana reminds me of this guy telling me, the story is there actually want any way to calculate how much dynamite I would've taken to as they wished to do obliviate returning to little tiny particles, such I think what they should have done it. They were gonna use explosive, you know, with put some maybe a case or two in single stick on top of the whale and put sand on top of it. So you would kind of blow it in part in place more or less need still buried pieces. But at least you'd have smaller pieces to bury. Yeah. But but this guy thought he was going to by putting the dynamite on the inboard side, you figured he was gonna blow the whole thing the ocean. I didn't work that way. Wildcard line, you're on the air with Walt almond hopper. Hello. Hello. Hi. The. Yes, right thing to do is Buddha bought across the world do what a steel bar a steel bar. Put it across the whale. Yes. And then dirope and drag it out to see then you blow it up. That's what they probably could have done it button up. I remember that time. There was a pretty good sized tug foreign. Got a big met or something and put around it and put the dynamite in it. And Greg it out a couple of miles. And then touched it off. We'll see that's why I really the only part of the story that I don't have. And I wish I could get and I will pursue is the Genesis of it when these guys were sitting around whether it was in an office or in a bar after work, whatever, you know, how they came up with this. That would be good to know the minutes of the meeting where they planned it somewhere. He got a rule of thumb case dynamite. But tunnel whale per ton of well, I. Did you spend a lotta time arguing with him that this was. Well, I I got cut off pretty quick. You don't argue with it with a bureaucrat when he's in charge and Mike Reid. In the interview, he seemed very confident very confident. Yes, now, did you? You must have seen that interview actually going on. Yeah. Yeah. Oh, you did. So there he was. Yeah. He looked pretty proud and his only attitude after all of this was over. Reflectively was that he had not used enough dynamite. That's that's that's what he told the guy from Sports Illustrated. West of the Rockies running out of time. You're on the air with Walt on Hoffer. Hi. Hello. Hello. Yes. Where are you? I'm in reading the northern California. All right. Hey, I have something. I thought you might find interesting a well, we've got a guest on listening. Well, actually, I've been away from the radio. Well, actually, then I've gotta move on wildcard line. You're on the air with Walt almond Hoffer. Hi, hey, what's happening? Hey, art. How are you? Well, I'm art. He's caller. I'm aware. How are you all this evening? Good vine. What's on your mind? Well, you know, I was thinking of some of the different stories waiting online..